Micralestes stormsi Boulenger, 1902
Micralestes stormsi
photo by de Vos, L.

Family:  Alestidae (African tetras)
Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; pH range: 6 - 7.59999990463257; dH range: 18 - 25
Distribution:  Africa: widely distributed in the Congo River basin (Ref. 42032) in Central African Republic (Ref. 45441) and Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42032). Also reported from the Rusizi and Malagarasi in Burundi (Ref. 98755), the Lake Chad basin in Central African Republic (Ref. 83569) and the Lake Tanganyika basin in Tanzania (Ref. 4967).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 15-16. Body height 2.9-3.9 times in standard length (Ref. 42032). Head length 3.7-3.9 times in standard length (Ref. 42032). Cuspid number: external row on upper jaw 5-6, internal row on upper jaw 6-8, external row on lower jaw 5-8, internal row on lower jaw 1 (Ref. 42032). Weakly developed black mediolateral band in front of the pelvic fins but more expressed to the back of the body (Ref. 42032). Mediolateral band silvery in live specimens (Ref. 42032). Fins without black spot (Ref. 42032).
Biology:  Inhabits lakes (Ref. 4967).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 20.06.94
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 10.06.99

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